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Maple Roasted Butternut Squash is the best side dish ever. It's easy to make, sweet, and delicious. Cranberries, pecans, and a little cinnamon make this special enough to serve to guests yet cozy enough to serve with a weeknight dinner.
I have a recipe for you guys that I am even more excited than usual to share. This maple roasted butternut squash is all things warm and wintery. Laced with maple syrup and a hint of cinnamon, this is a side dish I know you're going to love.
It would do a darn good job of stealing the show on your Christmas dinner table. But my vote is that you make this right away. It's so easy to make that I've put it in the easy weeknight recipes category.
Why you'll love this Maple Roasted Butternut Squash
- Tasty (and healthy!) butternut squash wrapped in a blanket of maple syrup.
- Toasted pecans. Because they really are the best ever.
- Tart cranberries that are so in season.
- A little sprinkle of cinnamon which is just. so. winter.
- Totally vegan + gluten-free + paleo. But more importantly, totally delicious.
Move over sweet potato casserole, there's a new dish in town!
The only thing about this recipe that could be a pain is trying to hack open a butternut squash. Have you tried it? They're almost impossibly hard to cut through. I've even chipped a good knife trying to cut one in half. #truth
And after you finally cut through it then you have to peel the whole thing. And peeling a butternut squash is NOT as easy as peeling a potato. Trust me.
Time-saving tip: look for a bag of Mann's Fresh Vegetables butternut squash. You'll find them in the produce section and it'll make this recipe even easier to make.
I'm a big fan of Mann's Fresh Vegetables pre-cut and washed veggies. They make it so much easier to eat healthy veggies.
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Let's make some butternut squash maple syrup magic happen
Maple roasted butternut squash is SUPER EASY to make. Here's how you do it:
- Toss the butternut squash cubes with some oil, cinnamon, a pinch of cayenne (or more if you like it spicy) and some maple syrup.
- Pop the maple syrup coated squash onto a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes.
- Now add some pecans and cranberries and pop the squash back in the oven for another 15 minutes.
What to serve with maple roasted butternut squash?
Roast chicken is my favorite with this recipe. I like to put some bone-in chicken thighs on the baking sheet with the squash and cook them at the same time. A simple green salad is all you need to make this a dinner.
This butternut squash recipe served beside a nut loaf would make a delicious vegan dinner.
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- 20 ounce package of Mann's Fresh Vegetables Butternut Squash (or 4 cups cubed butternut squash)
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil (or another neutral-flavored oil)
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne
- ½ cup pecans
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the butternut squash in a mixing bowl and add the avocado oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, sea salt, and cayenne and mix well. Pour onto the baking sheet making sure that the butternut squash is in a single layer.20 ounce package of Mann's Fresh Vegetables Butternut Squash, 1 tablespoon avocado oil, 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon sea salt, ¼ teaspoon cayenne
- Roast for 15 minutes then add the pecans and cranberries to the baking sheet. Mix them with the squash then return the baking sheet to the oven for 15 minutes more, or until the butternut squash is soft and starting to caramelize.½ cup pecans, ¼ cup dried cranberries
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